Travelling Thailand in 3 weeks

Hi everyone! Some of you might know, myself and a crew of my mates went travelling around Asia for five weeks. We started off in the Philippines for ten days and we went to Palawan Island where I was last year (link to read about Palawan: https://minimintnd.com/2017/09/17/palawan-the-philippines/ ) and we then met up with a couple more of our friends in Thailand which is where we spent the majority of our trip.

Below I’m just going to give a quick breakdown of where we went and for how many days and then I will go into more detail on what we did in each part of Thailand. I can honestly say it was one of the most fun and cultured holidays I was ever on. Everything from the food to the activities we did were just incredible and definitely a once in a lifetime experience. 

Our itinerary:

  • Phuket – 2 nights (flew from Manila straight to Phuket via Singapore)
  • Phi Phi Island – 3 nights (2 hour ferry from Phuket to Phi Phi)
  • Koh Lanta – 3 nights (2 hour ferry from Phi Phi to Koh Lanta) 
  • Koh Phangan -3 nights (drove across Thailand in a mini bus)
  • Chiang Mai -4 nights (flew from Koh Samui to Chiang Mai)
  • Bangkok- 2 nights (flew Chiang Mai to Bangkok)

 

Phuket

We landed in Phuket at around 8pm and met up with our friends who had already been there one night. There was 11 of us altogether so we booked a Villa on Air B&B which was ideal for a big group. The first night we landed we were so tired from travelling all day from the Philippines, we just threw on some clothes and headed out for the night. We headed towards the strip in Phuket located on Bangla Road just off of Patong Beach and let me tell you, it was an experience.. First of all it’s so packed with tourists and second of all I did not feel safe there. It was basically just pimps and strippers promoting sex shows and ping pong shows, it was kind of uncomfortable walking around so we went straight to a few bars for some buckets which is what we mostly drank while on holidays because they were such good value for money.

We went to the New Moon Party located on paradise beach, tuk-tuks are super cheap over there and they brought us directly there for a couple of euro. The following day there was such bad weather we split up between just chilling at the house and watching movies or going shopping down at the markets. We all met up that night then for dinner at the Hard Rock cafe. One of the great things about Thailand is when eating out with a group we didn’t have any issues with paying separately and the servers are all very accommodating. 

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New Moon Party on Paradise beach

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The white room nightclub, Phuket
The following morning we got a two hour ferry over to Phi Phi Island which we booked online at phuketferry.com the night before.

Phi Phi Island

When we landed in Phi Phi we could not get over how small it was. Everything is within walking distance so we got off the ferry and walked down the road to our resort which was called Phi Phi Charlie. We stayed here for three nights and had such a great time. The rooms are standard but very clean and the pool is located just in front of the beach. We ate in a cafe called Chorn Kham around the corner from the hotel two days in a row because it was so delicious. They do everything from breakfast, lunch and dinner. The hotel had a superb buffet breakfast included with everything from fruit to freshly made omelettes to pancakes.

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Phi Phi Charlie Resort
We went out two nights there and we went to a couple of different bars such as one called Stockholm Syndrome, The Dubliner, Banana Bar and a few more down at the beach. The banana bar has a lovely rooftop bar and they show a film up there every night. They also do an unreal breakfast, Thai and Mexican menu. We did a day trip which is a must-do when on phi phi because you get to visit Monkey Island and Maya Beach. A morning hike to the phi phi lookout point is also a must do. (Pro tip: don’t attempt while hungover because it’s a pure workout lol)

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Monkey Beach
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Sunset over Maya Beach
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Phi Phi lookout point
I loved Phi Phi because it had a good mix of fun things to do, a great beach and pool to relax but also a fantastic nightlife. We then got a two hour ferry to Koh Lanta and organised the transportation to Koh Phangan while on the boat for  the 11 of us. 

Koh Lanta

When we arrived in Koh Lanta we quickly realised there were very few tourists around the place because it was off-season so we went straight to Lanta Resort where we stayed for three nights. We spent the days relaxing by the pool or the beach because we were pretty wrecked from the hectic going we had been doing all along so it was a nice break before we hit the madness of Koh Phangan. We went to the funky monkey bar for dinner one night and a couple of us stayed on because they whipped out a karaoke machine and we stayed on an extra few hours to sing and drink with a couple of fellow travellers.

The following day we hired a mini bus which took us all around the island. We hiked through the jungle to Khlong Chak waterfall which was actually pretty scary walking into a massive jungle without a guide surrounded by scorpions and pythons, definitely get a guide because if we got lost, we were pretty screwed lol. We then visited the Lanta Animal Welfare centre because it was the most highly recommended thing to do on trip adviser. You can volunteer to walk a few of their dogs and play with their cats for a small donation. We also went to a restaurant called the Salad House @ Lanta which was down the road from our hotel and got a lovely meal there. (it has a sign on the outside saying Happiness is in the food we serve)

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Khlong Chak waterfall
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Lanta Animal Welfare centre p.s this is scooby and he’s a very good boy
We then travelled across Mainland Thailand to Koh Phangan which is where we did most of our partying. 

Koh Phangan

We got a ferry across to Koh Phangan and once we arrived it was crazy, the whole place was filled with backpackers all ready to go to the Full Moon Party. We stayed at Baan Kew Chaw which is across from the Space Cats hostel. We then went to the Jungle Party which is literally smack bang in the middle of a jungle and one of the craziest parties I have ever been to. The following day we just chilled at the pool and went for dinner in SOHO Bar which had a gorgeous mexican menu, it’s located across from the Pantip market. It was one of the nicest meals we had on holiday so definitely check it out if you’re paying a visit to Koh Phangan.

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Getting decorated inside the Jungle party with some UV paint
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Our finished work at the Jungle Party
That night was the Full Moon Party and it was very intense. Make sure not to get too drunk because there are so many dangers there between the ocean, skipping ropes lit on fire and people spiking drinks you really do need to have your wits about you and make sure not to separate from your group because there are tens of thousands of people attending.

It was still one of the best nights of my life, we watched the sunrise on the beach and had a full dinner at 6am lol. We spent the following day eating and relaxing before packing up our stuff and making the journey to Chiang Mai.

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Girlband reunion in matching dresses and bum bags? Check
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Finishing off the Full Moon party with watching the sunrise and a full dinner.

Chiang Mai

Koh Phangan doesn’t have its own airport so we had to get a boat over to Koh Samui airport which is actually ranked as one of the most beautiful airports in the world! We flew from Koh Samui to Chiang Mai. We had organised to stay in an elephant sanctuary for two nights and they kindly organised transport to collect us from the airport and took us to the sanctuary which is about 2 hours outside Chiang Mai. The Chai Lai Orchid was definitely the highlight of my trip. We spent three days and two nights staying the jungle playing with elephants and going on jungle treks and bamboo rafting. 

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Our first day arriving at Chai Lai Orchid  (I was clearly super excited)
IMG_5182[1]Check out https://www.chailaiorchid.com/ for more info on their mission and how to book your own tour. I honestly cannot recommend this place enough.

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Our second day we did a jungle trek and we were able to wash the baby elephants in the river
We then drove back into Chiang Mai city and stayed in an Air B&B for two nights which was so stunning. We spent those days doing our shopping in the markets which are so so good and cheap if you’re looking for fake designer bits and pieces. While we were in the city we came across a booking company promoting a cooking class so we said we would try it and it was so much fun! We cooked a five course dinner and had the best laugh while doing it and it only cost about 700 baht each. 

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Pra nang cookery school evening class.

Check out http://www.pranangcookeryschool.com/ for more info on Thai recipes and making a reservation. 

We also hired a tuk tuk for 140 baht each to take us around to a couple of the gorgeous temples located around Chiang Mai city.  Chiang Mai is deffo one of the most cultured cities I have ever been to and hands down one of the most beautiful. Check below to see for yourself. 

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Bangkok

We then flew from Chiang Mai to Bangkok to finish off our trip. In Bangkok we stayed two nights in Cloud on Saladaeng Hostel which was fab. It was one of the nicer hostels I’ve stayed in, it was very clean and the staff were so helpful. We went to the famous Kohsann road for a few drinks and dinner in the Macaroni Club. We then went to a late bar place called The One and it was all on a massive set of stairs, it kind of resembled a church and I genuinely did not want to leave the music was so good lol. 

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Cloud on Saladaeng Road Hostel (chinese oriental design inspired)
The following day it was torrential rain so we decided to go to the massive BMK shopping centre which is SEVEN stories high with a range of shops and market stalls. There was even a cinema inside there which we went to and it was deffo a completely different experience to going to an irish cinema. Firstly, you order your snacks and drinks and then they drop them into you in the screen so we felt like VIPs. Secondly, once you get inside you receive a glass of juice and a fleece blanket to get all cosied up and you have to stand for the National anthem before the movie plays.

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We didn’t do too much touristy things in Bangkok because we were pretty wrecked by this stage and we still had another week in Dubai to go so we wanted to save our money for that. Overall, I loved Thailand a lot more than I expected to. Chiang Mai became one of my favourite places I’ve ever travelled to because of the mix of culture there is so diverse, and the elephants were the highlight of my entire trip.

If you’re thinking of travelling to Thailand, I hope you found this little itinerary some bit helpful and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send on a message to me via Facebook or Instagram and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

Mini Mint x

 

R.A.G Week 2018

Hey everyone! I literally have not been able to bless myself lately between finishing up my FYP (one step closer to possibly graduating woo woo) and working through my internship. The last time I actually wrote a blog post was New Years.. So now that I am finally a free woman, I hope to start belting out more posts as often as I can!

So to kick start the new me, I have decided to put together a little list here in the spirit of Charity Week aka RAG week because let’s face it, we all end up bringing half of our wardrobe with us back to college and only end up wearing the same old reliables.

This list I have put together has been tricky as I have constantly added then removed then added items.. These are just the basic items to bring with you that are versatile to wear both day and night, (which is handy when you are going straight from stables to icon hehe)

  • Midi Skirt

Day: Pair with a t-shirt, jacket and ankle boots or runners.

Night: Change into heels/sock boots.

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LINK: http://eu.boohoo.com/search?q=midi+skirt

  • Slogan T-Shirt

Day: Pair with jeans, denim skirt, midi skirt, tracksuit.

Night: Same as above, just throw on some heels.

*Tip* Raid your brothers and parents wardrobes for a vintage t-shirts, half of my Dad’s jumpers and T-shirts have “mysteriously” gone missing over the years….

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LINK: http://eu.topshop.com/en/tseu/category/clothing-485092/t-shirts-6864662

  • Oversized Shirt

Day: Pair with mom jeans and boots/trainers over a t-shirt.

Night: Wear as a dress. (standard for me really lol)

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LINK: https://www.missguided.eu/dresses/shirt-dresses

  • Denim Skirt

Day: Pair with tights and boots, with a jumper/tshirt/cardigan.

Night: Wear with a bodysuit and heels.

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LINK: http://eu.topshop.com/en/tseu/category/clothing-485092/denim-485562

  • Bodysuit

Day: Wear under an oversized denim jacket and track pants/jeans.

Night: Wear with jeans and heels or a midi skirt.

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  • Ankle boots

Day: Literally with everything, comfy shoes are a must this week especially ones you can dance in!!

Night: Five nights in heels is tough going, ankle boots are stylish yet comfy. These are from River Island, a bit pricey but I have not removed them from my feet since I bought them. #Obsessed

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LINK: https://www.riverisland.ie/p/black-leather-studded-western-boots-711069

  • Statement Jacket

Due to the unpredictable Irish weather, a jacket is essential. Variations include a bomber, denim jacket, blazer, leather jacket.. why not try a duster or trench coat? Some of my faves are down below.

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LINK: https://www.riverisland.ie/search?keyword=duster&f-division=women

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LINK: http://eu.boohoo.com/search?q=Bomber

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LINK: http://eu.topshop.com/en/tseu/category/clothing-485092/jackets-coats-2390890

  • A chunky cardigan

For days when it’s not raining and you don’t want to bring a coat, a big cardigan is ideal to still keep you warm.

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LINK: https://www.riverisland.ie/search?keyword=cardigan&f-division=women

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LINK: http://eu.boohoo.com/womens/knitwear?sz=80&start=80

  • Slip Dress

Day: Wear over a plain white t-shirt with tights, jacket and boots.

Night: Wear under a leather jacket and some heels.

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LINK: http://eu.topshop.com/en/tseu/product/square-neck-mini-slip-dress-7433012?bi=0&ps=20&Ntt=slipdress

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LINK: http://eu.boohoo.com/search?q=Satin+slip+dress

  • Mom Jeans

Day: Pair with a t-shirt/shirt/jumper

Night: Change into heels and a “nice top”

*Mom jeans are my favourite type of jeans because they’re so funky and I just genuinely think they look deadly with heels and a crop top compared to most girls in skinny jeans. Be different and all that..

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LINK: http://eu.topshop.com/en/tseu/product/moto-bleach-mom-jeans-7295430?bi=0&ps=20&Ntt=mom%20jeans

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LINK: http://www.newlook.com/row/womens/clothing/jeans/blue-side-stripe-tori-mom-jeans/p/572235940?comp=Search

Hope you all have a fab week ahead and make sure to stay safe,

Mini Mint x

Redlane 16.12.17

Hey everyone! This little post is just showcasing some local fashion as well as supporting local business here in our very own Waterford. All of the items shown can be found in store in Redlane Boutique in Tramore or online at http://www.redlane.ie.

Now although I love to shop in my normal high street shops such as Penneys, River Island, Topshop etc, I do like to broaden my fashion horizons if I have a special occasion such as a wedding or our annual Race Day. The best thing about Redlane I felt was that firstly, the staff were so helpful that I felt like I was shopping with a couple of my friends but also the HUGE selection of clothes which you wouldn’t normally find in boutique shops. Take a look and see for yourself a mix between both casual and dressy.

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(Video on this little tutorial on Instagram: @minimintndblog Facebook: Mini Mint ND)

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For anyone looking for a day out, why not head to the races in Tramore on New Years Day? I know where I’ll be purchasing my outfit …..

Mini Mint x

 

 

 

Turning 21

Hey everyone! I’m turning the grand ole age of 21 this week and this is going to be a bit of a different blog post compared to what I have done so far as I’ve been feeling severely contemplative about what I’ve achieved and what I have not achieved in my life so far. I know I’m only 21 not 60 and what could I have possibly have to share? I mean I’m only starting off in life right? Well here is the story..
  1. No one is going to hand you your dreams. I always thought if you were a good person and went to mass, that good things would fall in your lap. This is not true. You seriously have to work to get what you want in life. You want to travel? Work and save and then book your holiday. You want to go to college? Study and organise yourself. You want to meet someone special? Then go out and ask someone out. If you want something in life you are going to have to go and get it yourself. No one gets handed success and opportunities, you have to want and work for them                IMG_6585[1]
  2. It is physically impossible to be everyone’s friend. This is very true for me in the case of college especially. Throughout school I tried to be friends with everyone and I learnt that it’s just not feasible. When I went to college it was an eye opener as to who truly cared about me and who didn’t. Hang onto the people who text you to see how you’re doing and actually make an effort to meet up because they are the ones who are actively making an effort in keeping you in their life. I’m not saying to ditch people or to be mean. I still love going home at Christmas and seeing practically my whole school year out because it’s nice to see how much people change and grow but you don’t need to be everyone’s best best friend. Just be kind. IMG_6588[1]
  3. Your parents are right (most of the time) It legit took me 21 years to realise this one hahaha. They have been through more ups and downs in life than you so they have a better perspective. It’s just common sense. They’ve been through more in life and can offer some pretty decent advice when it comes down to it. I know “times were different when they were teenagers” and “they don’t understand what it’s like nowadays” TRUST ME I have used all the excuses in the book but at the end of the day you are their child and they really do want what’s best for you so take a step back and listen.                                                                                                                              IMG_6586[1]
  4. Time is a great healer. If it’s overcoming a great loss or a lost relationship, it becomes more bearable as the days go on. I know it’s super cliche but I lost some great people over the years from people passing away to just drifting from good friends and I found that it doesn’t hurt as much now to when it happened. Just something to bear in mind if you feel like your world is ending.
  5. Hangovers get so much worse the older you get. Seriously. Our older brothers and sisters weren’t joking about this one.
  6. Food can cure most arguments. Your boyfriend is mad at you? Buy him a chicken burger. Your sister is thick you stole her dress? Buy her a bag of jellies. Sorted.

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These are just some things I thought I would share because I’ve been feeling very emotional all week. I found a letter I wrote to myself in Leaving Cert and bawled crying which is so unlike me. One last thing I would say is to live your life for yourself. It is too short to waste your whole life pleasing others. Now I’m off to pack for my 3 week trip to Asia and I’ll be sure to post about everything we do. I’m sure there will be loads of mistakes ahah, see you soon.
Mini mint x
(P.s We went to Bellissimo in Waterford City for dinner)

Longitude 2017

Hey everyone!
As some of you know I attended Longitude Festival this weekend all thanks to my sister for my amazing 21st present!!️ I love outdoor concerts and festivals because it’s the one time we all get to truly experiment with our style and just wear whatever the heck we want and no one cares. I know we all try to do it in our day to day lives but if you walk into work with glitter splashed in your hair and a tie-dyed crop top you are going to receive some strange looks. Anyways, I’ve just gone through some looks I helped style over the weekend as well as the overall experience so enjoy xx
The Outfits
For starters I wore a cream dress I have owned for years from Forever 21 and paired it with an orange kimono from H&M and a brown belt from Primark to give it a more boho look. I kept my makeup pretty basic except I did a statement orange eye (cause realistically I’m not going to be able to wear orange eye shadow to work so decided to experiment) and black liner. My hair was so so simple to do, I just sprayed some texture spray to give it a messy look and parted my hair into a middle parting with two mini space buns.
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The second outfit I styled was different in a sense that I took one piece of clothing (the shirt) and worked the outfit around it. I bought this shirt in TopShop for my sister for her birthday and thought it was perfect for a festival. I paired it with this frayed denim skirt from New Look and black belt with some red converse to bring out the red detailing on the back.
Getting there
I’m lucky enough to have a sister who lives in Dublin so we drove up Friday night and stayed with her. (For those who don’t know, longitude is a non-camping festival) we woke up and cracked open some cans then started plowing into the glitter and face paint. We found an unbelievably nice taxi man called Joe canning lol (Sidenote: he is not from Galway) and he brought us there and back and into town again after. We came home from Marley Park and then just went straight to coppers. Standard.
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What we did
For starters we had to queue up and have our bags searched etc and once we got in we got a round of pints. We took the necessary pictures and got that out of the way then went exploring the venue. We met up with all of the college crowd and my sisters friends and we just chilled because the weather was actually unreal thank god. We then parted ways to see All Tvvins and Skepta then all of us went to the Weeknd. WHO WAS AMAZING BTW.

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Who won Longitude?
I know my friends reading this are rolling their eyes so far into the back of their head that they can see last week cause I have not stopped talking about it. Niamh Cullen won the Most Stylish Woman of all time at Longitude yesterday. I basically had a mini heart attack when I saw her and asked for a picture like the ultimate creeper that I am. She is so sound and just an all-round deadly girl I mean do you see this jacket? No words. Fabuulous!!
Hands down one of the best days ever, everyone was just in such a good mood and the acts were unbelievable. I would really recommend going next year to anyone thinking about buying tickets. It’s kind of nice that you get to go home to sleep in a proper bed as well as opposed to camping in a tent with no showering facilities.
Mini Mint x
SHOP THE LOOK
boohoo Aeryn Aztec Batwing Maxi Kimono - orange £20.00 by Renata Dias Lopes
LINK: http://indulgy.com/post/VDUsLIZmD3/boohoo-aeryn-aztec-batwing-maxi-kimono-orange